I love it. I just love it. That feeling you get right before checking pictures on a trailcamera, full of anticipation and nervous energy. Is the big one finally going to show up? Do you finally have that shooter patterned? Do deer actually live on this farm?!
The questions are endless and so is the excitement. So given my obvious enthusiasm for this most addicting hunting gadget, you won’t be surprised to hear that I was pretty pumped this past weekend when I put out a few cameras of my own! I set up cameras on a new property on Sunday and then this coming weekend I’ll be heading to Ohio to set up a few more on our new piece down there! Needless to say, I’m excited to see what shows up. So given that I have trailcams on the brain, I thought I might share a few trailcam tips tonight. But while thinking through some ideas, I decided to pose a question to the Wired To Hunt Nation on our Facebook page. I mentioned that I was thinking about sharing some camera tips and I asked if anyone had any good ones of their own. I even mentioned that I might share a few in this post. Well what do ya know the Nation impressed me, as they always do, with a whole slew of good pointers! So many that I decided to devote this entire post just to trail camera tips that came straight from you, the Wired To Hunt Nation. So without further delay, here are a few great tips from my favorite people in the world, all of you.
“Be aware of the sun rise and sunset when placing cameras. Too much direct light may blur a quality picture. ” – Peter Lynch
“For IR cam users, try and position your camera with a backdrop. The backdrops purpose is to reflect light back at the camera. Your photos will be much better lit and more attractive. Positioning a camera in a field looking back towards the woods is a great example of this. You can also find places like this inside the woods, usually where your timber borders a thicket or maybe a blowdown” – Dave Skinner
“I place all of my cams on field edges so that I can drive the ATV right up to them. Just like farm equipment, deer can be conditioned by an ATV. As long as you don’t harass the deer they don’t mind. Numerous times I see deer watching me without a care from just inside the timber. I also always leave the engine running.” – Swain Farms Outfitting
“Keep them near the fields and your stank out of the woods. Cameras should be used to tell you what bucks are around, while your spring scouting should tell you where those bucks bed.” – Ross Hausmann
“The biggest tip I have for any trail cam user is to pick a target spot. This spot is where you would ideally like to have the deer standing when his picture is taken. This spot could be a bait pile, a scrape, an intersection of trails, the corner of a food plot or just a spot in a food plot. This spot is where your best pictures will come from. It should be 10-15 feet from the camera, no more. Pictures outside of this spot are bonuses.” – Dave Skinner
“If equipped with a PIR sensor, which by the way is not tripped by motion contrary to popular belief, its set off by a change in temp of 1.5 degree celsius. So do not have it aiming at a rock wall that will change in temp faster than everything else due to the sun.” – Patrick Clark
“I would set them to take aggressive #’s of pic bursts the first trip, and then come back a week later and see what you have. That way you know if you’re going to have problems filling your SD card up. Let the deer activity determine if you need to throttle up/down from there.” – Mike Poddo
“Keep them high, use a burst mode to get multiple looks, time lapse in an incredible feature for low impact trailcam use.” – Willie Urish
“Take a test photo and check it with your digital camera to verify placement and picture quality.” – Peter Lynch
“Don’t check them every 3 days, you’ll ruin your deer patterns and a lot will go nocturnal. I give mine at least 2 weeks to sit” – Cliff Enzor
Have any other good trailcam tips of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments!